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FRIDAY EDITION: I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, it was strange not having the whole family together. Always has been my favorite holiday, food, family and friends...no gifts....

Yasme Foundation Announces Excellence Awards

The Yasme Foundation has announced the latest recipients of the Yasme Excellence Award. They are Brett Ruiz, PJ2BR, and Helena Ruiz, PJ2ZZ; Bob Wilson, N6TV; Jari Perkiömäki, OH6BG, and Jim Brown, K9YC. The Yasme Excellence Award recognizes individuals and groups who, through their own service, creativity, effort, and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. This may be a technical, operating, or organizational achievement.

Brett and Helena Ruiz have been active leaders of the VERONA Radio Club, Curaçao’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society, for more than 20 years. Their participation has included technical activities, disaster preparedness and relief, and training of potential radio amateurs. They serve as liaisons to government and international organizations, and contribute to important events, such as the Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference (GAREC) and IARU conferences and meetings. Brett Ruiz is also active in long-distance VHF propagation and digital communication.

Yasme recognized Bob Wilson, N6TV, for his technical support to hundreds of hams through various radio manufacturers’ user groups and logging software communities, and for assistance to Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) hosts in keeping their equipment configured and running. He also provides invaluable support to traveling hams worldwide. “Along with being technically talented, he is exceptionally selfless in using that talent to help others; quick to encourage others in many areas,” the Yasme Foundation said in announcing the awards.

Jari Perkiömäki, OH6BG, has volunteered to support the online VOACAP software and website for nearly 20 years, making world-class HF propagation prediction and modeling services available to any radio amateur. “He believes in teamwork, acknowledging the contributions and ideas from the ham community for further development of the service, but especially from James Watson, M0DNS/HZ1JW, and Juho Juopperi, OH8GLV,” Yasme said. Perkiömäki estimates that VOACAP online serves thousands of users from more than 100 countries every month, including integration with the DX Summit and Club Log services. He is part of the Radio Arcala, OH8X, team and acts as a propagation specialist, assisting the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) community, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), and others.

Jim Brown, K9YC, was cited for his extensive contribution to amateur radio regarding ferrite materials and their use in combating RF interference, feed-line applications, and transformers. “His efforts to improve transmitter performance and operating practices are also greatly appreciated, as are the extensive set of personal publications available to the public and performing reviews of technical material for amateur radio publishers,” Yasme said.

The Yasme Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually engraved crystal globe.    

Ham radio contact spurred South Pole visit

Forbes magazine describes how an amateur radio contact with the Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole spurred Jim Clash WA3JID to travel there and operate the ham radio station

The article describes the contact in the early 1970s that changed his life:

I was a 15-year-old in Laurel, MD, when I obtained my general-class FCC license, which allowed me to transmit with 1,000 watts on select frequencies. I spent many an hour on my radio - between homework, sleep and my Baltimore Sun paper route - chatting with hams in countries all over the world, including Australia, the Seychelles Islands, Japan, Mozambique - even the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Late one night, when I was on the 14-MHz frequency band, my life changed. A ham operator in Antarctica poked weakly through the static. Upon a closer listen, it was clear that not only was he in Antarctica, but at the Amundsen-Scott Station on the geographic South Pole. My heart skipped a few beats. The South Pole! That was about as wild and remote a place as my teenage imagination could conjure up.

Read the article at
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimclash/2020/11/23/south-pole-radio-contact-spurs-visit-to-the-bottom-of-the-world/?sh=5593f39637c3

TDAY: Spent a few days of testing on the hospital....have a good holiday....

Alaskan repeater network affected

Alaskan broadcast station KNOM (780 AM 96.1 FM) reports ‘Miscommunication’ between the FAA and SPARC led to an amateur radio network being shut down

The broadcaster says:

For the last two months, since at least Sept 18 , Nome’s HAM Radio network has been inactive. The regional HAM Radio club is working to fix the issue that shut them down, even though they didn’t cause the equipment to fail.

The Seward Peninsula Amateur Radio Club, also known as SPARC, is headed up by Wesley Perkins KL0FM of Nome. Perkins says he first noticed something was wrong with their equipment at one of their repeater sites, a few miles outside of town, around the 18th of September.

SPARC operates about a half dozen receivers across the Seward Peninsula, along with a hub receiver in downtown Nome. Perkins says the majority of these operate on solar power, and the one, located at the aeronautical Very high frequency Omni-directional Range (VOR) site, will also be switching over to that natural power source soon.

According to Perkins, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) used to own the outer marker building at the VOR site just outside of Nome. But within the last decade, the FAA abandoned the site and transferred ownership of the building to SPARC.

The FAA confirmed with KNOM via email that the agency no longer owns or maintains the outer marker building, and that responsibility was given to SPARC.

Read the full KNOM story at
https://www.knom.org/wp/blog/2020/11/24/miscommunication-between-faa-and-sparc-leads-to-ham-radio-network-shut-down/

Little green cannonballs of light

Researchers and citizen scientists have just discovered a new phenomenon: "Little green cannonballs of light" streaking through the atmosphere faster than 1000 mph during some geomagnetic storms. And they're not auroras.

Visit today's edition of  Spaceweather.com for the full story.

Episode 000 - Eric Guth - 4Z1UG / WA6IGR

As the producer and creator of QSO Today, I wanted to make a pre-episode, called 000, to introduce myself, this podcast and blog. I want to share with you my ham radio story. A QSO, however, is a conversation between hams. That is why Episode 001 will be the first of many conversations that I will have with hams who have a story to tell. Stay tuned to my QSO Today Podcast.

Click  here

Coast Guard Proposes to Discontinue HF Voice Watchkeeping

11/25/2020

The US Coast Guard has invited comments by January 21, 2021, on a proposal to discontinue HF voice watchkeeping. The proposal appeared on November 20 in the Federal Register. The USCG proposes to cease monitoring 4125, 6215, 8291, and 12,290 kHz, in the contiguous US and Hawaii, due to a lack of activity.

“We believe this change would have a low impact on the maritime public, as commercial satellite radios and Digital Selective Calling (DSC) marine-SSB HF radios have become more prevalent onboard vessels,” the Coast Guard said. “However, we would like your comments on how you would be affected if we terminated monitoring HF voice-only distress frequencies within the contiguous US and Hawaii, particularly if you use HF, but do not currently have a commercial satellite radio or an HF DSC-capable radio aboard your vessel.”

The Coast Guard said it would continue to monitor HF DSC distress alerting for all existing regions and voice distress and hailing from Kodiak, Alaska, and Guam. The Maritime Mobile Service Net (MMSN) on 14.300 MHz rem

MONDAY EDITION: Rain, thunder, and a little wind here....I think Joe is onto something big with the "Little Joey". Screw HOA restrictions, dipoles, towers and beams-a pizza pan for a ground plane on the rear deck and you can work the world

Joe-JEK of Cobra Antenna Systems finally has a new product in the final beta testing stages named the "Little Joey". It should be available by early 2021. The mobile antenna will handle 1000 watts SSB, less on FM and AM, and boasts 1.1 swr from 10-160 and 2 and 440 as well!

G0KSC Antenna modelling YouTube Channel

Justin Johnson G0KSC inventor of the  LFA (Loop Fed Array) Yagi and BOLPA (Band Optimised Log Periodic Array) Log Periodic antennas amongst others, has added a new YouTube channel to help Hams become proficient in Antenna Modelling.

‘A long time has passed since we could build a radio as good as any top end product we can buy but this is still not the case when it comes to Antennas’ says Justin. ‘There are three types of Hams out there in my opinion, those that will always buy antennas. Those that will always build there own and those that will do whatever is easiest.

This new YouTube channel will provide a set of visual tutorials that will guide the user through antennas modelling packages. We have started a series on exploring EZNEC and will move through 4NEC2, MMANA-gal and on to more sophisticated packages such as Ansys HFSS.’ He went on to say. ‘ Ham Radio is a hobby of experimentation and building antennas that work as good as any you can buy is still possible.

With this series of tutorials, it is hoped that the follower will be in a position where they can understand a little better how their antennas work, make adjustments to suit stacked and clustered antennas and perhaps make their own improvements and adjustments to designs too, before going on to produce their own antennas from software.’

Justin is encouraging ‘how to’ questions which will help shape the direction these tutorials take. You can subscribe to the channel through the link below and are encourage to view and get involved.

www.g0ksc.co.uk

www.innovantennas.com

Universal Radio shutting down in retirement..

Dear Friends Of Universal Radio, Time waits for no one, and that includes Barbara and myself. We have decided to retire and our current location in Worthington will close on November 30, 2020. Even though the store is closing we will fulfill all existing customer orders and have a large amount of inventory to close-out. The Universal Radio website will be maintained for the foreseeable future to sell this remaining stock, publications and some select products. Unfortunately the lack of a store front showroom will preclude us from carrying some manufacturers’ products. I am very fortunate to have been in the radio business for over 50 years, 13 at Radio Shack and 37 at Universal Radio. We have met many wonderful people along the journey who have supported me personally as well as Universal Radio. It has been a privilege to have a continuous career in the fascinating field of radio since 1969. Please accept our sincere “Thank You” for your support of Universal Radio for these many years, and for the months to come. Our new address for correspondence and mail order is below. This is not a store front.

Universal Radio Inc.
752 N. State St. Unit 222
Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 614 866-4267
Thank you. 73, Fred Osterman N8EKU

Radio hams help in case of man incarcerated 40 years without trial

Radio amateurs from the West Bengal Radio Club helped trace the family of a man who'd been languishing in a Nepali jail without trial for the past 40 years

The Nepali Times newspaper says:

The mother of a Nepali man who has been languishing in a Kolkata jail without trial for the past 40 years has finally found out his whereabouts after efforts by journalists, lawyers and even amateur ham radio enthusiasts in India and Nepal.

Dipak Jaisi had been arrested in 1981 in Darjeeling and was moved to Dumdum Central Correctional Home near Kolkata 15 years ago, where a fire destroyed all records of inmates.  

Dipak Jaisi, who is now about 62, left his home in Ilam to find work in Darjeeling, but was arrested for an unknown crime. No one bothered to take the court process forward, he was left in jail in Darjeeling and later for some reason was transferred to Kolkata.

The story only came out when Dipak’s fellow inmate Radheshyam Das was released from the same detention facility in Dum Dum, and he told lawyers in Kolkata about a Nepali man in jail without trial. Das had first informed the Nepal Consulate in Kolkata about Dipak, but says the mission did not show any interest.

Then he approached ham radio operators at the West Bengal Radio Club which uses shortwave radio communications during disasters for information and relief. The Club’s Ambarish Das Biswas VU2JFA contacted ham radio contacts in Nepal, and then wrote to Nepal’s former Okhaldhunga High Court judge Bidur Bikram Thapa on 31 October to see if he could help trace Dipak’s family.

Read the full story at
https://www.nepalitimes.com/latest/nepali-jailed-40-years-without-trial-in-kolkata/

Thailand grid NK99 on QO-100 geostationary satellite

During November 26-28 HS0AJ/P will be active on QO-100 and the other amateur radio satellites from Grid Square NK99 in Thailand

A post on the AMSAT Bulletin Board says:

The Thailand’s Amateur Radio Satellite group (AMSAT-HS) has requested permission to establish a temporary station (DX portable) with the northern office of the NBTC, Thailand’s regulator, in Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son (grid  NK99) provinces in the north of Thailand during the period from November 26-28, 2020 to communicate via All LEO and MEO amateur radio satellites (including QO-100 NB) that pass over Thailand using the callsign HS0AJ/P of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King.

Hence we would like to notify all radio amateurs who would [be] interested in contacting stations in Thailand on its northern border of this activity. Even if the angle is as low as 0 degrees please try to contact us. We hope to meet you on all satellites frequency then.

Operator by:
E21EJC KoB
HS1JAN NaN

73 All de Kob E21EJC and Tanan HS1JAN

Source AMSAT-BB
https://www.amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2020-November/080313.html

Bright Comet Erasmus

Newly-discovered Comet Erasmus (C/2020 S3) is plunging toward the sun for a December close encounter inside the orbit of Mercury.

Amateur astronomers report that the comet is rapidly brightening and has sprung a long tail.

Check today's edition of Spaceweather.com for the full story and observing tips.

WEEKEND EDITION: Looks like my wife is he proud owner of a new Volvo today, I talked her out of the MINI Cooper Clubman, phew!...New call sign for a Russian YL...

Foundations of Amateur Radio

When one WSPR receiver just isn't enough

The other day during a radio play date, highly recommended activity, getting together with friends, playing radio, seeing what you can learn, we were set-up in a park to do some testing. The idea was an extension on something that I've spoken about previously, using WSPR, Weak Signal Propagation Reporter, to test the capabilities of your station.

If you're not familiar with WSPR, it's a tool that uses your radio to receive digital signals from WSPR beacons across the radio spectrum. Your station receives a signal, decodes it and then reports what it heard to a central database. The same software can also be used to turn your station into a beacon, but in our case all we wanted was to receive.

If you leave the software running for a while you can hear stations across many bands all over the globe. You'll be able to learn what signal levels you can hear, in which direction and determine if there are any directions or bands that you can receive better than any other.

We set up this tool in a park using a laptop, a wire antenna and a radio running off a battery. In and of itself this is not particularly remarkable, it's something that has been done on a regular basis all over the globe, and it's something that I've been doing on-and-off for a few years.

What made this adventure different is that we were set-up portable about a kilometre up the road from the shack, whilst leaving the main WSPR receiver running with a permanent antenna.

This gave us two parallel streams of data from two receivers under our control, using different antennas in slightly different conditions, within the same grid-square, for the purpose of directly comparing the data between the two.

Over a couple of hours of data gathering we decoded 186 digital signals, pretty much evenly split between the two receivers. More importantly, the stations we heard were the same stations at the same time which gave us the ability to compare the two decoded signals to each other.

One of the aspects of using WSPR is that it decodes the information sent by a beacon. That information contains the transmitter power, the grid locator and the callsign. After the signal is decoded, the software calculates what the signal to noise ratio was of the information and records that, additionally giving you a distance and direction for each beacon for that particular transmission.

I created a chart that showed what the difference was between the two, plotted against the direction in which we heard the decode. This means that you can compare which antenna can hear what in which direction in direct comparison against the other.

In telling this story another friend pointed out that the same technique could be used to compare a horizontal vs. a vertical antenna, even compare multiple bands at the same time.

It looks like I might have to go and get myself a few more RTL-SDR dongles to do some more testing. If you don't have a spare device, there's also the option of comparing other WSPR stations that share a local grid square, so you can see what other people near you can hear and if you like, use it as an opportunity to investigate what antenna system they're using.

WSPR is a very interesting tool and putting it to use for more than just listening to a band is something that I'd recommend you consider. I've already created a stand-alone raspberry pi project which you can download from GitHub if you're itching to get started.

Thank you to Randall VK6WR for continuing to play and to Colin VK6FITN for expanding on an already excellent idea. If you would like to get in touch, please do, cq@vk6flab.com is my address.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

ARRL November Sweepstakes Phone Contest is this Weekend!

The ARRL November Sweepstakes (SS) phone weekend is upon us, and this year, participants will have to search out an additional Section. The SSB event is from November 20 – 22 (UTC), getting under way at 2100 UTC on Saturday and continuing through 0259 UTC on Monday. Stations may operate 24 of the available 30 hours. The SS Operating Guide package, available for download, includes all rules and examples of log formatting. The deadline to submit SS phone entries is November 29.

The number of ARRL and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sections rose to 84 earlier this year with the addition of Prince Edward Island (PE) as a separate entity. The objective of SS — or “sweeps” — is to work as many stations in as many of the 84 sections as possible within 24 hours of operating. The number of sections worked is a score multiplier, and working all of them is a “clean sweep.”

The SS contest exchange has deep roots in message-handling protocol and replicates a radiogram preamble. In SS, stations exchange:

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2247 for Friday November 20th 2020

FOUR AMATEURS IN SPACEX CREW DRAGON LAUNCH

DON/ANCHOR: Our top story this week is the launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule from the Kennedy Space Center. On board? A crew of four, all amateur radio operators. Dave Parks WB8ODF has the details.

DAVE: Four amateur radio operators launched into space on Sunday night, November 15th, bound for their destination aboard the International Space Station. Seated inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, astronauts Michael Hopkins KF5LJG, Victor Glover KI5BKC, Shannon Walker KD5DXB and Japanese Space Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi KD5TVP comprised the first fully operational mission for the private SpaceX company. The Falcon 9 rocket launched with the capsule, named Resilience, at 7:27 p.m. Sunday night.

The quartet's 27-hour journey marked the second manned launch of Crew Dragon from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. A test mission that went up in May sent NASA's Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken KE5GGX into history as Dragon's first space passengers and the first NASA astronauts to launch from American soil since 2011.

The four amateur radio operators are expected to remain on the ISS for the next six months.

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AMATEUR INPUT SOUGHT FOR PROPAGATION EXPERIMENT

DON/ANCHOR: Hams, if you love experimenting - and who doesn't? - this might just be something to get involved in. HamSCI, the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation, needs amateurs around the world who can help collect propagation data during the eclipse happening across South America on December 14th. To do this, you'll need to have a computer connected to your HF radio.

Hams are being asked to record data between the 9th and the 16th of December so that there is plenty of control data gathered for this experiment. There will be two 24-hour practice runs beforehand: one on the 21st of November and the other on the 5th of December.

Visit the Newsline website at arnewsline.org to find the link to the webpage containing further details about the experiment. Instructions are in English, Spanish and Portuguese. If you're interested in signing up, contact Kristina Collins at kd8oxt at case dot edu (kd8oxt@case.edu)

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PROMINENT CROATIAN AMATEUR DIES OF COVID-19

DON/ANCHOR: A prominent ham in the Croatian amateur radio community has become a Silent Key. Ed Durrant DD5LP tells us about him.

ED: One of the founders of the Croatian Flora Fauna program and the president of the Croatian Flora Fauna amateur radio club has become a Silent Key. Emir Mahmutovic (MAH-MYU-TO-VICH) 9A6AA died on November 13th of COVID-19, according to a report in DXNews. Although hams in Croatia knew him well from his work with the Flora Fauna program, hams around the world also logged their contacts with him as an active contester and DXer.

Emir also served, between 1994 and 2009, as the first award manager for the Islands of Croatia Award program, according to Neno 9A5N. Neno said the program had been the vision of three other radio amateurs in 1991 but was not put into place until after the war in Croatia. In 1994, Emir helped Daki 9A2WJ with the launch.

According to Mark 9A8A his friend of more than 40 years and his former co-worker, Emir spent the last two or three years devoting himself to helping young radio amateurs, working with Ivica 9A2HW to teach the children the basics of radio technology. He also helped at school competitions. Mark said in an email "he had incredible energy."

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REALTIME SPECIAL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS VIRTUAL SCI-FI CONVENTION

DON/ANCHOR: When COVID-19 turned a popular sci-fi convention into a virtual, socially distant event, some Chicago area hams got creative with some plans of their own. Andy Morrison K9AWM explains.

ANDY: In the Chicago suburbs, what started out as science fiction ended up as science fact. WindyCon, the well-attended annual science fiction convention had to be scrapped due to COVID-19 - but the event went forward anyway as a virtual convention known as Breezycon, on November 13th through 15th. While sci-fi enthusiasts enjoyed panels, music and gaming during those three days, with socially distant chatter on the Discord app, hams from the DuPage Amateur Radio Club W9DUP showed their support as well. Taking their cue from Breezycon's change in plans - the move from in-person to virtual - special event station W9W got on the air too, just as scheduled -- and just as it had done in previous years for Windycon.

As things turned out, its operation was a virtual success: Using SSB, CW and FT-8, DuPage Amateur Radio Club hams operated their personal stations and paid tribute to sci-fi fans who were attending the big event from a safe distance.

Some might say this is truly the stuff of sci-fi. But for those radio operators among us who already lost this year's in-person opportunities at Hamvention, Friedrichshafen and the big Tokyo Ham Fair, this was simply ham radio, doing what it does best.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Andy Morrison K9AWM.

DON/ANCHOR: According to club vice president Daniel Gunderson N9MUF, the four operators logged 149 contacts over the weekend -- 93 SSB, 49 FT8 and 7 CW. Well-done.

(QRZ.COM, WINDYCON, DANIEL GUNDERSON N9MUF)

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FLORA & FAUNA ACTIVATIONS SWEEP AUSTRALIA

DON/ANCHOR: Whether you're an activator or a chaser, you don't want to miss Australia's World Wide Flora & Fauna activation this month. Here's Robert Broomhead VK3DN to tell us more.

ROBERT: Hams in Australia are getting ready for their big World Wide Flora & Fauna activation weekend on the 28th and 29th of November. They are registering their call signs and locations with Paul VK5PAS, the national coordinator. Paul is keeping track of amateurs who are involved so he can prepare a report at the conclusion of the event and send out Activation Participation certificates.
The many sites include Cape Blanche Conservation Park, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Murray Sunset National Park and Echo Sugarloaf State Reserve. There are more than 680 national parks throughout Australia so there's plenty to choose from.

By the way, if you're planning to chase the activators, they will be posting alerts to spot their operations on the website parksnpeaks.org

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ON-AIR TRIBUTE BEGINS TO INDIA'S PIONEER BOSE

DON/ANCHOR: How do you pay proper tribute to an early pioneer of wireless communication? You go on the air, of course -- and that's what is happening now in India, as we hear from John Williams VK4JJW.

JOHN: He is honored by many in India - and well beyond - as the father of wireless communication. There is no question that Jagadish Chandra Bose, who was born on the 30th of November in 1858, left a sizable legacy to radio when he died in 1937. Every year for the past 15 years, Datta VU2DSI has gone on the air as a reminder to hams everywhere that we owe much to this progressive-thinking 19th century born man of science and his experiments, including communication in the microwave frequency range using a Galena crystal in his 60 GHz receiver.

This year Datta will honor Bose by operating with the call sign AU2JCB between the 20th of November and the 15th of December. He will be joined by a number of other stations operating as well with JCB in the suffix.

For more details visit the QRZ.COM page for AU2JCB and be listening.

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UK 'CARE' CAMPAIGN ADDS FOCUS FOR HOLIDAY SEASON

DON/ANCHOR: What's the best gift you can give a ham for Christmas this year? A campaign in the UK called "Get on the Air To Care," has a suggestion. It's "Get on the Air for Christmas" -- and Jeremy Boot G4NJH has the details.

JEREMY: Organisers are calling it "Get on the Air for Christmas" and the campaign is an offshoot of the highly successful "Get on the Air to Care" joint programme of the National Health Service and the Radio Society of Great Britain.

While "Get on the Air to Care" was a special plea to amateurs to step up their on-air activities during the first pandemic lockdown to ease the situation for lonely amateurs, the focus during the holiday period will be to bring some good cheer if the lockdown is extended, as it will surely curtail celebrations between friends and family. Organisers want hams to be extra active during the holiday period between Saturday the 19th of December and Saturday the 9th of January. The radio society's website will be posting the schedules and information about special nets being held on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in particular - or at any other time during the season - and is asking for clubs to email their details as soon as possible. The nets will also be publicised in the next issue of RadCom and in the GB2RS news broadcasts.

The email address is radcom at rsgb dot org dot uk (radcom@rsgb.org.uk).

Get on the Air for Christmas has also launched two Christmas Hope QSO Parties, one that begins on Monday the 21st of December and another that begins on Monday the 4th of January. Look online for hashtag G O T A 4 C to follow this campaign.

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COLORADO HAM CLUB HOSTS FIVE DAYS OF SANTA

DON/ANCHOR: In Colorado, one radio operator who has as much heart as holiday spirit is reprising a role he played once - many years ago -- only this time he's going on the air to make it happen. Jack Parker W8ISH tells us about him.

JACK: It's been a long time since Chuck K0ITP (K ZERO I T P) put on a Santa suit. That was years ago at an event at a country club in Peoria, Illinois. This year, however, the president of the Longmont Amateur Radio Club in Colorado is hopping back on the sleigh to bring Santa to children via amateur radio. He plans to be on the air on the club repeaters between 6 and 7 p.m. Mountain Time on December 1st through 5th. Licensed hams are invited to share their shack with a youngster - perhaps a child or grandchild - who will likely be missing out on some of the traditional events or seeing Santa in person because of the COVID-19 precautions. Chuck said he will make sure they still have a chance to talk to Santa by getting on the air with a licensed amateur.

Chuck told the local newspaper, the Times-Call, that the club is hosting this event for the first time because members are also hoping to give children an early holiday gift: the gift of an interest in amateur radio. He said it will give parents a chance to hear what their kids want to find under the tree.

Local hams can visit the club website for repeater information at W Zero E N O dot org (w0eno.org) The repeaters are also on EchoLink Node 8305
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WORLD OF DX

In the World of DX, it seems the world's most remote island will remain inaccessible for a bit longer to amateur radio. The Rebel DX Group had hoped to activate Bouvet Island as Three-Y-Zero-Eye (3Y0I) by the end of this year but operators are unable to travel because of COVID-19 restrictions. The group said on its website that their equipment remains in South Africa and if restrictions are lifted before the conclusion of the Antarctic summer they hope to be ready. For updates visit the website bouvetoya.org

Time is running out to work Mike VK4DX as VK4DX/P on Russell Island. His activation ends on November 24th. Be listening on 40-15 metres where he will be operating SSB and CW using 100 watts and wire antennas. Send QSLs via the bureau, ClubLog, Logbook of the World or direct mail.

Be listening for special event stations 7Z20G, 8Z20G and HZ20G being activated by members of the Saudi Amateur Radio Society during the G20 Riyadh summit in the capital city of Saudi Arabia. The summit began Nov. 13th and will conclude on the 23rd. QSL via LoTW or direct to the Saudi Amateur Radio Society.

In Indonesia listen on various HF bands and modes for special event station 8A10N to celebrate that nation's "National Heroes Day 2020." The station is being operated by YH3BHL through December 10th. Send QSLs via LoTW or eQSL.

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KICKER: WHEN A SPECIAL CALLSIGN COMES A-CALLING

DON/ANCHOR: Finally, do you believe in coincidence? Well this week's final story - about two YLs in Oregon and one special callsign - might leave you wondering. Here's Kent Peterson KC0DGY.

KENT: Marjory Ramey and Hannah Rosenfeld are separated by seven decades but united by four letters and a number: W7HER. That became Hannah's vanity call this summer after the Oregon college student, who belongs to a family of hams, passed her Extra Class exam, encouraged by her father Scott N7JI.

Scott N7JI wrote on QRZ.COM that [quote] "It's obviously an ideal call sign for a YL."

No doubt Marjory Ramey would agree. Now 95 years old, she was known as Marjory Allingham in 1939 when the callsign was hers. Like Hannah, Marjory was also part of a ham family - her father William held the callsign W7Ky and her mother Lucille was W7FXE.

Scott unearthed all this during a dig in the online archive of Radio Amateur Callbooks to learn more about his daughter's new callsign. He later discovered Marjory's house was just a mile away right in their hometown. Marjory, who is no longer active in amateur radio, was still happy to have an eyeball QSO with the current holder of the callsign -- and in September they met. Marjory gave Hannah some advice about the University of Oregon, which Hannah now attends -- and which is Marjory's alma mater.

Though no QSL cards will be sent from that eyeball QSO, Scott and Hannah assured Marjory that W7HER will be checking in with her from campus every now and again.

FRIDAY EDITION: Looks like a burst of warm weather for a few days...Ten keys to selling ham gear video...Here is yet another club to join....Here in New England on 75 meters we have a few regular rag chew groups that meet every afternoon, both interesting experienced hams on 3900 and 3928....but what happened to the 3910 bunch old Warren, Paul, Dick, Suckbag, and the gang? They were a little rough around the edges but were fun to listen to once in a while....More space junk but for a good learning experience...I hear from several sources that a certain gent is active and back to his old tricks on 14313. I haven't listened there in a year but I guess I better spin the dial...I heard VE3ZSZ on 40 meter ECARS the other day, he is quite a character with very interesting bio on QRZ...

Bob-GWU swears by this stuff...Made by Lucas, the most unreliable ignition system ever developed...I had
a BSA motorcycle and it also had the worst carbs ever developed...carbs sucked on a MGB I had also..

Arizona Congresswoman Introduces National Amateur Radio Operators Day Resolution.....funny, we are so important they want to tag us with new fee's for renewal and call changes

US Representative Debbie Lesko of Arizona has introduced a resolution designating April 18, 2021, as National Amateur Radio Operators Day, to recognize the important contributions of amateur radio operators.

“Amateur radio operators are critical in times of crisis and our communities are safer thanks to their dedication to sharing important information with the public,” Lesko said. She was approached to introduce the resolution by 12-year-old Raymond, N7KCB, from Peoria, Arizona.

“I started Long Distance Responders so I can help prepare the community for emergencies with amateur radio,” said Raymond. “There might be a price for a radio, but the ability and knowledge to help someone is truly priceless.”

As Lesko’s resolution notes, World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) is celebrated annually on April 18 to commemorate the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in 1925, and she said her resolution recognizes the amateur radio community with a national day in the United States in 2021. The resolution cites the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) for providing “invaluable emergency communications services following recent natural disasters, including but not limited to helping coordinate disaster relief efforts following Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, and Maria and other extreme weather disasters.” 

Arecibo radio telescope, an icon of astronomy, is lost

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will decommission Arecibo Observatory's massive radio dish after damage has made the facility too dangerous to repair, the agency announced today (Nov. 19).

The announcement came as scientists awaited a verdict about the fate of the iconic observatory after damage to the complex cabling supporting a 900-ton science platform suspended over the dish. In August, a cable slipped out of its socket, but engineers evaluating the situation deemed it stable; earlier this month, a second cable unexpectedly snapped, leaving Arecibo's fate much more perilous. After considering three separate engineering reports, the NSF, which owns the property, has decided the facility is unstable enough that there is no way to repair the damage that does not put personnel at undue risk.

"Our goal has been to find a way to preserve the telescope without placing anyone's safety at risk," Sean Jones, assistant director for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the NSF, said in a news conference today. "However, after receiving and reviewing the engineering assessments, we have found no path forward that would allow us to do so safely. And we know that a delay in decision making leaves the entire facility at risk of an uncontrolled collapse, unnecessarily jeopardizing people and also the additional facilities."

Question:

Does anyone know the backstory of why Hy-Gain sold out to the Starkville, MS group? I just bought a "Hy-Gain" AV-640 and was putting it together today. The instruction book is a POS. Lousy diagrams, instructions not on the same page as diagrams, no page numbers. Not a single picture. The metal parts look like they were cut by a 3rd grader with a dull Dremel tool. Hy-Gain used to be a name that meant quality. What happened?
DE W2WHC

DEF CON ham radio talks on YouTube

Talks from the DEF CON event are available on YouTube, they include a number of amateur radio talks from the conference's Ham Radio Village

Among the amateur radio talks are:
• Talking to Satellites by Eric Escobar KJ6OHH
• The K0BAK News Van by Pete Kobak K0BAK
• Single Board Computers (Raspberry Pi) In Amateur Radio by Typer Gardner KI7ODK
• Ham Radio Snail Mail NTS and the Radiogram Format by Aaron Hulett K8AMH
• Hunting tape measure yagis and offset attenuators by Mark Smith KR6ZY
• APRS Demo by Bryan Lamoreaux KG7OOW

Ham Radio Village Playlist
Click here

Other DEF CON videos are at
https://www.youtube.com/user/DEFCONConference/videosoo

THURSDAY EDITION: Worst HF rigs.....Out looking for a new car for the xyl. what a pain in the ass visiting dealerships. This will be her car, just not another Volvo, her wants are exterior car color white, leather interior white or tan, heated seats, satellite radio, sunroof.. looking at Honda , Toyota, BMW, ....

ARRL Seeks Waiver of Proposed FCC Amateur Application Fees

ARRL has urged the FCC to waive its proposed $50 amateur radio application fee. The Commission proposal was made last month in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MD 20-270. The proposal already has drawn more than 3,200 individual comments overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. The fees, directed by Congress and imposed on all FCC-regulated services, are to recover the FCC’s costs of handling and processing applications.

Amateur radio applications were not listed when the Congress adopted its 1985 fee schedule for applications, and therefore amateur license applications were excluded from the collection of fees,” ARRL said on November 16 in its formal comments on the proposal. “Similarly, a decade later when regulatory fees were authorized, the Amateur Service was excluded, except for the costs associated with issuing vanity call signs.” The new statutory provisions are similar. Amateur radio license applications are not addressed in the application fees section and explicitly excluded from regulatory fees,” ARRL said, and there is “no evidence of any intent by Congress to change the exempt status of amateur applications and instead subject them to new fees.”

ARRL argued that the FCC has explicit authority to waive the fees if it would be in the public interest, and should do so for the Amateur Radio Service. Unlike other FCC services, the Amateur Radio Service is all volunteer and largely self-governing, with examination preparation, administration, and grading handled by volunteers, who submit licensing paperwork to the FCC, ARRL pointed out.

“Increasingly, the required information is uploaded to the Commission’s database, further freeing personnel from licensing paperwork as well as [from] day-to-day examination processes,” ARRL said. “The addition of an application fee will greatly increase the complexity and requirements for volunteer examiners.”

The Communications Act, ARRL noted, also permits the FCC to accept the volunteer services of individual radio amateurs and organizations in monitoring for rules violations. In 2019, ARRL and the FCC signed a memorandum of understanding to renew and enhance the ARRL’s Volunteer Monitor program, relieving the Commission of significant time-consuming aspects of enforcement.

These volunteer services lessen the regulatory burden — including the application burden — on the Commission’s resources and budget in ways that licensees in other services do not, ARRL said.

Amateur radio’s role in providing emergency and disaster communication, education, and other volunteer services also justifies exempting radio amateurs from FCC application fees. For example, ARRL noted, last year more than 31,000 participated as members of the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), and local ARES teams reported taking part in more than 37,000 events, donating nearly 573,000 volunteer hours, providing a total value of more than $14.5 million.

Amateur radio also has motivated many students to develop critical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills. ARRL noted that the Amateur Radio Service contributes to the advancement of the radio art, advances skills in communication and technology, and expands the existing reservoir of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts — all expressed bases and purposes of the Amateur Radio Service.

“Accomplishing these purposes entails working with young people, many of whom may have difficulty paying the proposed application fees of $50, $100, or $150,” ARRL said. “The $150 fee would be the cost of passing the examinations for the three amateur license levels in three examination sessions,” ARRL said. “Such multiple application fees to upgrade would dampen the incentive to study and demonstrate the greater proficiency needed to pass the examinations for the higher amateur classes.”

ARRL concluded that the FCC should exercise its authority to exempt amateur radio from application fees generally. If the FCC cannot see its way clear to waive fees for all amateur radio license applications, the fees should be waived for applicants age 26 years and younger. Such individuals, ARRL contended, have the most to contribute to the future of radio technology and other STEM-related activities and are the most likely to find the proposed application fees burdensome.

International Broadcast Station Interference Overwhelms Hurricane Watch Net

As Category 4 Hurricane Iota neared landfall in Central America on November 16, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) was forced to suspend operations at 0300 UTC because of what HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, described as “deafening interference from a foreign AM broadcast station that came out of nowhere at 0200 UTC.” At the time, the net had shifted to its 40-meter frequency of 7.268 kHz, collecting real-time weather and damage reports via amateur radio.

“This was heartbreaking for our team, as the eyewall of Iota was just barely offshore,” Graves said. “The storm had weakened slightly to a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 155 MPH.” After activating at 1300 UTC, the net was able to collect and forward reports from various parts of Nicaragua and Honduras via WX4NHC throughout the day for relay to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Iota was the most powerful storm on record to make landfall this late in the hurricane season.

Graves said the very strong AM signal was on 7.265 MHz. “From my location, it was S-9,” he told ARRL. “You could not hear anything but the BC station.” The source of the signal was not clear, but as he noted, other foreign broadcast stations are to be heard from 7.265 to 7.300 MHz and splattering close by.

Stations handling emergency traffic during the response to Category 5 Hurricane Iota had requested clear frequencies on November 16 to avoid interfering with the HWN and with WX4NHC, as well as with a Honduran emergency net operation on 7.180 MHz and a Nicaraguan emergency net operating on 7.098 MHz. It’s not known if those nets were also affected by interference from the numerous broadcasters on 40 meters. “Thank you to all who allowed us a clear frequency,” Graves said on behalf of the HWN.

Iota made landfall not far from where Hurricane Eta had come ashore in Central America just a week earlier before soaking southern Florida. Central America is still recovering from Eta. Hurricane Iota weakened significantly following landfall, but not before delivering some 30 inches of rain, catastrophic winds, and mudslides to huge swaths of Central America.

Forecasters say storm swells could be felt as far north as the Yucatán Peninsula, as far east as Jamaica, and as far south as Colombia. No deaths were reported in Nicaragua. Authorities were said to be monitoring rivers and sheltering vulnerable populations.

“I dare say, don’t let your guard down,” Graves said. “A new tropical wave has developed behind Iota. Should this become a storm, it will be named Kappa.”

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Resilience Ferries Four Radio Amateurs to the ISS

SpaceX Dragon capsule Resilience, carrying four radio amateurs, autonomously docked on November 17 at 0401 UTC with the International Space Station (ISS). A SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher carrying the precious payload went into space on Sunday, November 15, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. They comprise the ISS Expedition 64/65 crew.

“Well, the ISS is loaded with hams now,” Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) US Delegate for ARRL Rosalie White, K1STO, said on Tuesday. “These four arrived very early this morning Eastern Time: NASA astronauts Victor Glover, KI5BKC; Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, and Shannon Walker, KD5DXB, as well as Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP.” This marks Glover’s first time in space. The others all are ISS veterans.

Earlier this year, NASA ISS Ham Project Coordinator Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, held amateur radio licensing study sessions for Glover, who passed the Technician exam on August 20.

The four will remain on station until next spring. They joined Expedition 64 Commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Flight Engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, on the ISS.

White said all but Noguchi likely will take part in ARISS contacts with schools. White said the first school contact is tentatively scheduled for December 4 with Tecumseh High School in Oklahoma, home of the Tecumseh High School Amateur Radio Club, K5THS. She said the students have earned their ham licenses, and the club has built an antenna and is learning about satellites and circuits.

The Sunday launch from Kennedy Space Center marked only the second crewed-flight for the SpaceX Crew Dragon, which became the first commercial vehicle to put humans into orbit when astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, KE5GGX, launched in May, and NASA gave SpaceX the go for future such launches.

“The return of human spaceflight to the United States with one of the safest, most advanced systems ever built is a turning point for America’s future space exploration,” SpaceX claimed, “and it lays the groundwork for missions to the moon, Mars, and beyond.” 

WEDNESDAY EDITION: Europe's versison of our HRO....Best Buy black Friday deals you probably don't need.........

Right or left brain?
The first picture you'll see, will show the most requested hemisphere.
Look at the picture quickly. Which animal did you see first?
(1) The head of a tiger:
The left hemisphere of your brain is more active than the right. You are an analytical person, very focused on the success of your goals and organized. When you face a problem, you tend to be logic, calculator and objective.
However, sometimes you think too much about the decisions you make, checking that they are correct, which makes you tend to be firm. Remember that a little humility will help you help away.
Your personality features are as follows:
Organized: You do all your things in a planned way, like you have a bucket list.
Accurate: you have fixed goals and you know the way to achieve them.
lucid: emotions and feelings don't prevent you from reaching your goals.
Logic: you have good skills for mathematics, science and organization of ideas.
Realistic: your world is very real. There is no room for fairy tales and fiction. And anyway, although your goals may seem to be high for others, you know they are real and doable.
(2) Hanging monkey:
The right hemisphere of your brain is very active. You are a creative person who has a lot of innovative ideas. When you face a difficult situation, you rather trust your intuition (you're almost always right) instead of resting on critical thinking.
You know perfectly well that every step you take in your life is a lesson for you and that even if you lose, it means that you are moving towards the success of your goals. For you, travel is more important than the goal. As you are a dreamer, you often get lost in your own paradise. For you, it's essential to keep your feet on Earth from time to time, realize the reality and pay a little more attention to the world around you.
Your personality features are as follows:
Impulsive: you do things in a spontaneous way. You have the ability to see everything in a different way compared to other people.
Sensitive: you worry a lot about everything. You spend a lot of time thinking and acting based on your feelings.
Creative and artistic: you are an expert in music, art and other creative disciplines.
Intuitive: you don't list the tasks to do and you don't respect the rules. You solve problems in an intuitive way.
Dreamer: you have dreams instead of having goals, and you give the best of you to achieve them, and generally, it's a success.
Remember that the two hemispheres of the brain don't work in an insulated way, they work together and complete each other. So, although it looks like you have more features from one of the hemispheres, you may also have features from the other hemisphere.
So, what did you see first?
The tiger's head or the hanging monkey?
Do your personality traits match the descriptions given?

Crazy 3D images of Mars

Warning: Mars is about to leap out of your computer screen.

European astronomers have just released some of the best photos of Mars ever taken from Earth. They've assembled the images into a crazy-good 3D animation of the Red Planet spinning on its axis.

See for yourself on today's edition of Spaceweather.com

The Space Weather Woman

The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

 

TUESDAY EDITION: Little cold this morning ....Damn mice ate the wiring in my wifes Volvo and totaled the car, you got to be shitting me...

EMAIL TODAY:

Jon K1TP ...
Monday's Blog re: Space Debris reminded me of this site to give a good graphic of all the space 
items orbiting Earth ...
Stuff In Space 
Give it a minute to load. Every red, blue, and yellow dot is identified and tracked if you can believe it!
Secondly, use this amplifier (Your Head) with your remote access car key to boast its signal!
See the 2nd-page of two Video showing how it works?
This is why you should hold your car keys against your head for a broader reach  
And finally there's a FUN site...
Being on an Island, pick "The Deep Sea" to start off with!
Always enjoy the Blog. Continued good health and safety to you and the family.
Hope your Thanksgiving is joyous and good!
73 de xx2ONH  Charlie

Five Ways Ham Radio Has Changed in the Last 40 Years

I’ve been licensed for almost 40 years now. Hobby radio has been a part of my life, in one form or another, since I was three years old. In that time, it has morphed and changed in some very interesting ways, not all of which I was able to predict. Not all change is progress, though. I’ve definitely seen some stuff that I don’t find particularly positive about the way Ham radio has evolved.

Here are five major ways I feel Ham radio has changed since I earned my Novice license back in May of 1982. Please note, my opinions are my own and I speak for nobody but myself.

1. SWLing Isn't as Much Fun Anymore

While not strictly Ham radio, many Hams my age got started in the hobby through shortwave radio listening, or SWLing. I started off with a Radio Shack Globe Patrol shortwave kit, which my brother built and gave to me. I then wrapped about a mile of copper wire around my bedroom for an antenna and rarely took my headphones off after that. Signals from all around the world came into that little box: The BBC, Radio Moscow, Radio Beijing, Radio Australia, HCJB in Ecuador (see below), and so many others. I had a solid grasp on world geography by the time I was seven, thanks to shortwave radio.

These days all the big stations are gone, thanks to the Internet. It’s more economically feasible to stream your programming online than to maintain several 500 kW broadcast facilities around the world. Yes, there’s still stuff to listen to on shortwave, but most of it is religious broadcasts and China Radio International. I still tune in from time to time just to see what’s on the air these days, but the radio spectrum has definitely shifted, and streaming the BBC online just doesn’t scratch the radio itch like shortwave did.

AM band DXing is still fun, especially on my 1938 Zenith console radio, as is NDB (Non-Directional Beacon) DXing on the VLF bands.

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The 11 Greatest Vacuum Tubes You've Never Heard Of

These vacuum devices stood guard during the Cold War, advanced particle physics, treated cancer patients, and made the Beatles sound good

By Carter M. Armstrong

In an age propped up by quintillions of solid-state devices, should you even care about vacuum tubes? You definitely should! For richness, drama, and sheer brilliance, few technological timelines can match the 116-year (and counting) history of the vacuum tube. To prove it, I’ve assembled a list of vacuum devices that over the past 60 or 70 years inarguably changed the world.

And just for good measure, you’ll also find here a few tubes that are too unique, cool, or weird to languish in obscurity.

Of course, anytime anyone offers up a list of anything—the comfiest trail-running shoes, the most authentic Italian restaurants in Cleveland, movies that are better than the book they’re based on—someone else is bound to weigh in and either object or amplify. So, to state the obvious: This is my list of vacuum tubes. But I’d love to read yours. Feel free to add it in the comments section at the end of this article.

My list isn’t meant to be comprehensive. Here you’ll find no gas-filled glassware like Nixie tubes or thyratrons, no “uber high” pulsed-power microwave devices, no cathode-ray display tubes. I intentionally left out well-known tubes, such as satellite traveling-wave tubes and microwave-oven magnetrons. And I’ve pretty much stuck with radio-frequency tubes, so I’m ignoring the vast panoply of audio-frequency tubes—with one notable exception.

But even within the parameters I’ve chosen, there are so many amazing devices that it was rather hard to pick just eleven of them. So here’s my take, in no particular order, on some tubes that made a difference.


Medical Magnetron

When it comes to efficiently generating coherent radio-frequency power in a compact package, you can’t beat the magnetron.

The magnetron first rose to glory in World War II, to power British radar. While the magnetron’s use in radar began to wane in the 1970s, the tube found new life in industrial, scientific, and medical applications, which continues today.

It is for this last use that the medical magnetron shines. In a linear accelerator, it creates a high-energy electron beam. When electrons in the beam are deflected by the nuclei in a target—consisting of a material having a high atomic number, such as tungsten—copious X-rays are produced, which can then be directed to kill cancer cells in tumors. The first clinical accelerator for radiotherapy was installed at London’s Hammersmith Hospital in 1952. A 2-megawatt magnetron powered the 3-meter-long accelerator.

High-power magnetrons continue to be developed to meet the demands of radiation oncology. The medical magnetron shown here, manufactured by e2v Technologies (now Teledyne e2v), generates a peak power of 2.6 MW, with an average power of 3 kilowatts and an efficiency of more than 50 percent. Just 37 centimeters long and weighing about 8 kilograms, it’s small and light enough to fit the rotating arm of a radiotherapy machine.

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Clear Frequencies Requested for Caribbean Hurricane Emergency Traffic

Stations handling emergency traffic during the response to Category 5 Hurricane Iota, just off the eastern coast of Nicaragua, are requesting clear frequencies.

Radio amateurs not involved in the emergency response are asked to avoid (± 5KHz) the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and WX4NHC (National Hurricane Center) frequencies of 14.325 and 7.268 MHz, as well as a Honduran emergency net operation on 7.180 MHz (net control station is HR1JFA), and a Nicaraguan emergency net operating on 7.098 MHz.

With maximum sustained winds of 160 MPH, Hurricane Iota is expected to bring catastrophic winds, life-threatening storm surge, and torrential rainfall to Central America. — Thanks to US Virgin Islands Section Manager Fred Kleber, K9VV (operating as WX4NHC) 

MONDAY EDITION: How to see the 2020 Leonid meteor shower this week .....Found this interesting fact about how powerful COVID really is....HUMANITY has been launching stuff into space for more than six decades  and it's becoming a problem......Here we go with the wind again, 60mph gusts last night here on the island. Nature provides free tree pruning, I can't have any more loose limbs left to fall out of the trees....For the 15th consecutive year, The 3916 Nets will be presenting The Santa Net on 3.916 MHz. Good girls and boys can talk to Santa Claus, via amateur radio, nightly at 7:15 PM (Central) starting Friday, November 27, 2020. The Santa Net will run nightly at 7:15 PM Central through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020   Website : http://www.cqsanta.com

Alan Turing: Stolen items to be returned to UK from US after decades

Items belonging to World War Two Bletchley Park code-breaker Alan Turing that were stolen from the UK decades ago are to be returned from the US.

The mathematician's miniature OBE medal is among 17 items that were taken from Dorset's Sherborne School by Julia Turing, who is no relation, in 1984.

They were found at her home in Colorado in the US in 2018.

A US civil court case launched against her has been settled out of court and the items are due to be returned.

Read the full BBC News story
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-54784018

December 2020 Festival of Frequency Measurement

HamSCI (www.hamsci.org) is looking for amateur radio operators around the world to help collect propagation data during the December 14 eclipse. Data collection requires an HF radio connected to a computer.

There will be 24-hour practice runs on November 21 and December 5.
The data recording will run from December 9-16.

Details of the experiment may be found here:
https://hamsci.org/december-2020-eclipse-festival-frequency-measurement

Interested operators should sign up at this link (https://forms.gle/C9PFSTeLf7xvCQDYA) or directly contact Kristina Collins at kd8oxt@case.edu.

Introducing the Winter 2021 AM QSO Party

New England Hams you might run across 75 meters.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
KA1BXB-Don...Regular on 3928 afternoons....just don't mention politics to him, please!
WB1ABC- Ari..Bought an amp and now we can here him on 75 meters, worships his wife, obsessed with Id'ing
N1BOW-Phil...Retired broadcast engineer, confused and gullible, cheap, only uses single ply toilet paper
KB1OWO- Larry...
Handsome Fellow ,only cuts lawn in August, plows snow the rest in Jackman, Maine
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat connoisseur,
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

Silent Key K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
Silent Key
VA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
Silent Key W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired

Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key
WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....